Welcome to the website of the Sandgate Brighton Catholic Parish. We are pleased that you have taken the time to find out a little more about our community.
Our parish boundary stretches from Brighton, through Sandgate and Shorncliffe to Deagon, however all are welcome within our community and we are blessed with parishioners from a number of neighbouring suburbs. Within our parish we give thanks and celebrate our two beautiful sister churches – Sacred Heart Church at Sandgate and Church of the Real Presence at Brighton. Both have a rich and proud history and provide us with the platform, the framework of faith to further the mission of Christ.
At Sandgate and Brighton we are blessed with two thriving catholic primary schools, Sacred Heart at Sandgate and St Kieran’s at Brighton. St Patrick’s College at Shorncliffe is also located within our parish and provides education for boys from Year 5 to 12.
As we come closer to the end of the Easter Season, one figure that features in all the readings of this sixth Sunday of Easter is the Holy Spirit. Jesus is gradually approaching the end of his earthly ministry, so he promised to send us the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the radiant glory that enlightens us. If we remain docile to Him, he will guide us in all our decisions and ways through this world.
In the first reading and the whole of Acts of the Apostles, the Apostles did not make any decisions without consulting the Holy Spirit. Also, they could not carry out any severe mission without the Holy Spirit.
The second reading begins thus: “In the Spirit, the angel took me to the top of an enormous mountain.” Of course, there is no way John could have seen these things without the help of the Holy Spirit.
As Christ was about to ascend to his father, he promised to send the Advocate to his disciples. The Holy Spirit is the power of Jesus and, yet, a person in the Trinity. However, this does not mean that Christ’s era has come to an end because he is Lord at all times. Instead, it implies that he is not leaving us orphans. And also, Jesus assures us that the Holy Spirit will teach and remind us all that he taught us.
Jesus is preparing his disciples in advance for his absence so that they will continue to believe in him and not feel all alone after his return to the Father. After the initial excitement of his Easter appearances, Jesus will remain with his followers in a very different way throughout the centuries. So, all we need to do is to remain docile to the counsel of the Holy Spirit. We need to be attentive to him to read the signs of our time and succeed in our mission in our world today.
As our celebration of the Easter season is coming to an end, the liturgy reminds us that Jesus remains with us through the Holy Spirit, who teaches us everything we need to know, reminds us of all that Jesus taught and brings us peace.